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Competitiveness and strategic change : a longitudinal study of the interactions between tourism industry and air Seychelles 1970 to 2007

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dc.contributor.advisor Makin, V. I. (Prof.)
dc.contributor.author Padayachy, Lunez Jude
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-04T08:13:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-04T08:13:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4883
dc.description.abstract In studying organisational change in Air Seychelles, the context, content and process of change together with the interconnections of the airline and the tourism industry in Seychelles through time is explored. The literature review shows that the substantive issues of interest to this study, contextualism as a theory of methods in management research, requires a case based research in particular with regards to the following gaps in the literature: the integration of inner and outer perspectives on sustaining competitive advantage, and conceptual insights on how strategy links firms and their environment. The study adopted a contextual and processual framework to build a theoretical perspective of competitive advantage. The study contributes to the field of strategic management and tourism development in Seychelles in the following ways: firstly, the development of a contextual and processual framework to explain the transformation of firms over time; secondly, the development of an understanding of the historical context of the tourism industry and its interactions with other sectors of the Seychelles economy; thirdly, developing an understanding of how Air Seychelles developed its resources and capabilities to sustain competitive advantage; fourthly, linking change processes and action to performance and in a sense developing an understanding on strategy implementation of strategic management practice in Air Seychelles. The study sheds some light on strategy formation and implementation at the firm level, and the dynamics between the firm and the industry. The findings suggest that firms respond opportunistically to external discontinuities in a dynamic environment - the entrepreneurial leadership of a firm prepares and support managers to operate under conditions of great uncertainty and ambiguity and allows them to behave opportunistically. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 439 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Sustainable competitive advantage en
dc.subject Industry-based view en
dc.subject Resource-based view of the firm en
dc.subject Strategic ability en
dc.subject Strategy implementation en
dc.subject Organisational change en
dc.subject Air Seychelles transformation en
dc.subject Epistemological assumptions en
dc.subject Contextualism en
dc.subject Tourism Area Life Cycle model en
dc.subject Tourism industry in Seychelles en
dc.subject Variance theory en
dc.subject Process theory en
dc.subject Processual framework en
dc.subject.ddc 387.70973
dc.subject.lcsh Airlines -- Seychelles
dc.subject.lcsh Tourism -- Seychelles
dc.subject.lcsh Competition -- Air Seychelles
dc.subject.lcsh Strategic management -- Air Seychelles
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational change -- Air Seychelles
dc.subject.lcsh Ecotourism
dc.title Competitiveness and strategic change : a longitudinal study of the interactions between tourism industry and air Seychelles 1970 to 2007 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Graduate School of Business Leadership
dc.description.degree DBL
dc.description.degree Thesis (D. B. L.)


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